The 8 Most Polarizing Filipinos of 2016
By Tim Henares
Love them, or love to hate them, some people just never fail to elicit an illicit reaction from us every single time. This year, these 8 Filipinos have really gotten strong responses of support and derision in alternating fashion, and how!
8. Sass Sasot
Claim to Polarizing Fame: An unwavering support for the president, and a massive army of followers on Facebook.
The infamous Duterte supporter known as Sass Sasot is generally more even-handed and is arguably more polarizing than even Mocha Uson herself, seeing as even a few anti-Duterte folks sometimes take to agreeing with Ms. Sasot on some points.
7. Manny Pacquiao
Claim to Polarizing Fame: His sudden emergence as a very active participant in the Senate.
We made fun of Manny’s senatorial bid by pointing out his perennial absenteeism from Congress, but guess what? Barring his fight this November, Manny has been showing up for Senate pretty consistently, and he’s been doing a lot of work there. For those of us who don’t like the death penalty or lowering the age of criminals or glorifying the Marcoses (that is a *weird* intersect of forgiveness and not-forgiveness), we are left to wishing he never discovered this new work ethic at all.
6. Jessy Mendiola
Claim to Polarizing Fame: Jessy Mendiola, puto! Ang success, matter of perspective lang iyan. Sometimes, a setback is just a setup for a comeback. Bawat pagkatalo, tuturuan ka kung paano manalo.
It seemed like every single thing Jessy Mendiola did was an excuse for her haters to get in her face, while her legions of fans defended her every move. This year’s FHM sexiest woman encapsulates the word “embattled” better than anybody else, and her quotable quote above from her liquor commercial only serves to underscore what she has to put up with in 2016.
5. Dingdong Dantes
Claim to Polarizing Fame: Alyas Robin Hood.
Dingdong Dantes is a cool guy. His latest show, which feels more and more like a poor man’s Arrow, with each passing day? Not so much. Despite that, Alyas Robin Hood still has legions of defenders who trawl the hashtag on a daily basis to protect it from anyone who has less than good things to say about it.